In a sunny meadow there’s everything the animals could dream for. But they often argue and always try to decide who is better with everyone saying what their quality is without appreciating the others. The giraffe is proud to be the tallest, the hedgehog is the spikiest, the pig the most round, the frog the most green… Everyone disagrees. Only the raccoon is happy for the others, he’s so happy for them that he’s dances his happiest dance. In the end his sincere joy is so infectious that all the animals join in his happy dance. This joyful book about making comparisons and appreciating difference instead of competing with other people is perfect for reading at bedtime with a family member or sharing in the classroom. Also includes a set of supporting notes for parents and teachers with questions to encourage discussion of the themes in the book, either at home or in the classroom.
Anna Shuttlewood studied mural painting and fine arts at the National Academy of Arts in Bulgaria. Her murals can be seen across Europe, including in the National Library in Sofia, the Royal Hospital in Bath and the Bloom Hotel in Brussels. She has also turned her talents to children’s illustration and designing greetings cards. She is represented by advocate art and has worked on illustrations for a variety of publishers, including HarperCollins, Paragon and QED.